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I have not been able to discover a method of defeating guardians. I have to run away every time. What are some methods to defeating these giant instant death laser creatures?

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This Reddit post has the same question, and leads to two videos (of the demo) of players defeating guardians: a moving one, and an immobile one.

  • Moving guardian : the player turns around the guardian, dodging its attacks, and firing explosive arrows to weaken it. Then he fires an arrow directly to its eye, which destroys it.
  • Immobile guardian : the player fires arrows to the guardian eye while it is preparing an attack. Then, between each guardian fire, the player hits it with his sword, until the guardian is defeated. The player will eventually dodge the guardian's attacks, as they are one-shot-attacks.

Also, it has been proven that any shield can parry a guardian laser attack back at it to defeat it. This is the quickest method, though you need good timing. Immobile guardians only require one parried attack, but mobile guardians require that you parry 3 attacks back at them.

Ancient arrows will also make short work of guardians, purchasable at the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab.

As stated in the comments by @Dabbingsdednow, you can use all three charges of Urbosa's Fury (also known as the Power of Urbosa or Urbosa'a Power) to defeat a guardian.

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  • could you summarize what they do in the videos in case they get taken down? (I've seen it happen too many times...)
    – GarrettJ
    Mar 5 '17 at 14:54
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    also I think it has been confirmed you don't need a guardian shield? I'll accept it but lets edit this answer as more information comes in.
    – GarrettJ
    Mar 6 '17 at 20:15
  • it is never said that you need it. The trick with guardian shield says that you should use this shield only while fighting guardians, not that you have to have it. Also, in the two videos, the player has no shield.
    – V4karian
    Mar 7 '17 at 8:21
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    Also if you have Urbosa's fury you can use all three charges to destroy a guardian. Feb 23 at 23:38
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Guardian Stalkers' legs are vulnerable to attack. And so are the propellers of the airborne ones according the to loading screen tip.

My preferred method is to shoot the eye to stun it, then attack & destroy a leg. Keep stunning it and going after the other 5 legs to do quite a bit of damage. By the time it is legless, you can finish it off easily. Be sure to grab the parts the destroyed legs drop!

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    On a side note, I've been trying to attack/throw a bomb in the hole on the underside when I topple one. No luck so far. I should probably try Stasis+.
    – CyberSkull
    Mar 11 '17 at 15:01
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You can deflect the laser back to the Guardian with any shield, the timing does not change regardless of the shield you use. It takes three deflections for a regular Guardian and 1 deflection for an immobile one.

The easiest method of taking out a guardian is to use Ancient Arrows. They can be obtained from Robbie at the Akkala Science Lab. Each Ancient Arrow will one shot a Guardian if you hit it directly in the eye, both moving and immobile. Otherwise, it will deal a large amount of damage.

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For moving guardians, I usually get into the air above them to drop down with my drawn sword. After that I am trying to destroy the first leg, if not successful, eat a speedboost and sprint for the chosen leg, which usually succeeds. Now it is just a matter of aiming for the correct areas. Trying to destroy the next leg while simultaneously hitting the body for general damage.

Each time you destroy a leg, the guardian won't attack and if you are lucky, you are able to make it "roll over" which allows free hits onto the body.

Repeat that until no legs are left and pray to god that you are able to kill it by then. If that does not work out, I try to parry a shot which should do the killing blow.

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With the immobile ones if you sneak up behind them and whack them with a charged attack from a two handed weapon you can usually kill them before they can even lock on to you.
I'm not entirely sure (as I think I have seen them spin right round) but the immobile ones seem to have limited turning range so if you come up behind them they can't attack you at all. They go a bit crazy and start firing off randomly if you get it right but they shouldn't hit you.

Cutting off the moving ones' legs has already been covered, but the best tip really is get the Ancient Armour (even just one piece) and the Master Sword as these two things make killing them a breeze.

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You could use the parry with (any) shield if you're reckless enough, just get the timing down and practice, or, you could get the master sword (located in the lost woods, follow the fire, get the torch, light that on fire, then follow the embers that go off of you're torch, and keep following them until you're there.) And it should take about 3 hits for the ones that can't move.

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For mobile guardians it takes 3 ancient arrows to the body or 1 to the eye. Alternatively, you can reflect the laser 3 times to kill it. For immobile ones, it’s the same, it just takes 1 ancient arrow or 1 reflection.

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For me, I fly from a high place or use Ravali's gale to do a midair arrow strike (I'm not sure what it's called) and shoot either bomb arrows or shock arrows at it. This will stun it and I use either my master sword or guardian sword to destroy its legs to continue to stun it every time one leg is broken. If it wakes back up, stasis it and wack it a few times. Then continue to do what I said and when all the legs are destroyed, there is usually 500 or so hp left so either continue whacking it, or shoot arrows to it's eye. either that, or use stasis to freeze it and shoot an ancient arrow to the eye to automatically kill it.

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  • Square bomb or round bomb? Feb 23 at 16:39
  • Bomb arrows, but normal bombs work, not as effective though. Any arrow, if hit it hits the eye, works.
    – StruckZeus
    Feb 23 at 17:15
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For me, I never fought the guardians but I do know a way, it is too whack it with a sword that deals a lot of damage, and then when it locks on you with laser, shoot a arrow at its eye. This will disable its attack as long as you shoot it in the eye everytime it tries to shoot you. To get close enough to a guardian, if you have the time freeze+ rune (i'm not sure what its called yet since I don't have it but if you do it is the yellow lock with a +) time freeze it so you can get close without being shot. This strategy works well with immobile guardians. For mobile ones, time freeze them and then they will act like immobile guardians. Warning: Strong guadians won't be frozen for very long so act quick. All guardians can be time freezed when they are about to attack, this is a useful way to fight guardians. Otherwise, just try to avoid them.

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